WCA Launches Initiative to Address Industry’s Gender Imbalance

The World Cement Association has launched the Gender Focus Network (GFN), an initiative aiming to improve the representation of women within the global cement community. 

WCA recognizes that the cement industry around the world currently has a significant gender imbalance, and has founded the GFN to help increase awareness and to implement practical solutions to address this issue.

The network’s mission is to encourage companies to implement gender diversity programs, foster women’s empowerment and professional development across the industry, mitigating the barriers which discourage women from working in the sector. The GFN will also highlight the work being done by other cement companies on gender diversity, to help members embrace best practice in working to change inequality and ensuring women have an equal voice at all seniority levels in the industry.

GFN steering committee member Alexis Breslin (Solidia Technologies, USA) outlined a series of proposed actions for the network in 2021, ranging from networking, benchmarking surveys, and organizing seminars and sessions to share best practice from across the globe.

“We are really pleased to be announcing the launch of WCA’s Gender Focus Network, encouraging workplace equality and challenging discriminatory attitudes,” said Breslin. “There is no question that a more diverse workforce delivers clear business benefits, including greater innovation revenue.”

Manon Burbidge, WCA’s policy and communications coordinator, added, “We look forward to implementing our network’s action plan for 2021, helping WCA members to share best practices and implement the steps needed to achieve greater diversity in their organizations.”

More about WCA’s Gender Focus Network can be found here.

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